In November 1988, the Atlantic Riding Center for the Handicapped (ARCH) was founded. By the time the first rider was in the saddle in May of 1989, Judy Weiner had already adopted the children, horses and the cause. Within eight weeks she became the instructor for the growing population of riders. Within one year, she became an active board member helping to raise thousands of dollars through fundraising, community awareness, and through word of mouth. Weiner assisted in the process needed for ARCH to become a Premier Accredited Center through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.
In the following years, when the national association began an instructor certification program, Weiner joined the other volunteer instructors and financed her own testing to become nationally certified. ARCH became one of the first centers to have all certified instructors. And for 15 years she volunteered her services as an instructor.
Each year, she still organizes the public awareness group for ARCH. She attends health fairs and community events with picture board, brochures, and additional information. Through her efforts hundreds of children and adults with disabilities have come been assisted.
For 10 years, Judy organized the two-day Beach Volleyball Tournament which became our top fundraiser increasing funding from $4,000 to $20,000. Her committee has grown from 10 volunteers to over 50 working in various capacities.
She never stops thinking of ways to raise dollars for the Atlantic Riding Center for the Handicapped. Donation cans, selling phone cards, signing people up to residential gas, collecting cell phones and ink cartridges are just a few of her efforts in between her full time job.